Qslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 268 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11599 times:
I flew in from MSY to LAX on the 3rd Jan on UA 1622 (7:30 AM departure from MSY)
As we were landing on the left runway (sorry dunno what the runway number is) there was a airport seciruty car (like a police car) which sat the beginning of the runway (almost right on the piano keys) with its emergency lights on.
There was no emergency as I did not see any fire trucks or any other emergency equipment present. Just a lone "cop" car facing towards where aircraft would be coming in for landing.
Does anyone know why this was? I thinks it rather unusual for the security car to be on the runway. I believe they have special roads constructed for airport vehicle use.
Aaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1617 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11549 times:
If the color of the vehicle was white, it was an Airfield Operations officer conducting a runway inspection. I know LAWA schedules a daily inspection during the morning and afternoon.
Clearance instructions are issued by the ATCT. Usual procedure is to begin the run at departure end of the outboard runways. When completed, exit will occur at the arrival end. With a break in traffic, the inspection will again commence with the inboard runways, proceeding in the opposite (arrival end to departure end) direction.
With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
Qslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10916 times:
Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 4): So you flew a couple a feet over the car to land on the same runway as the car was on?
Isn't that kinda "illegal"
When I'm in the car I have to be clear of the runway before anything is allowed to land.
Sorry should have been more clear, we were landing on the left runway and the security car was on the right runway.
Quoting Star_world (Reply 6): Assuming you were a passenger, how did you know the car was there when you landed, and didn't pull onto the runway afterwards?
Car was on the right runway and we landed on the left runway. Didn't get to see what the security personal did cos we were at the other end, but did not see any one looking for FOD when we were passing it.
XJET From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10825 times:
Quoting Aaway (Reply 1): If the color of the vehicle was white, it was an Airfield Operations officer conducting a runway inspection. I know LAWA schedules a daily inspection during the morning and afternoon.